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Alex K.T. Martin
Alex K.T. Martin is a Tokyo-based journalist and senior writer at The Japan Times, primarily focusing on feature stories. Previously he was a Tokyo correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 15, 2008
A doctor in the house? Do you feel lucky?
After being turned away by eight Tokyo hospitals last month, a 36-year-old woman died of brain hemorrhage after giving premature birth by Caesarian section. A month before, a 32-year-old pregnant stroke victim was bounced among six hospitals before one finally accepted her for treatment. She is currently...
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 5, 2008
Escapee gives glimpse of North prison camps
Shin Dong Hyuk had just turned 14 when he was forced to watch the executions of his mother and older brother for trying to escape from North Korea's "total control" prison camp No. 14, a Stalinist gulag for political prisoners. His mother was hanged; his brother was shot nine times.
JAPAN
Nov 4, 2008
Dalai Lama admits his approach to Tibet greater autonomy has failed
The Dalai Lama said Monday that his approach to Tibet's greater autonomy has so far failed, and that Tibetans should decide for themselves the future direction the region should take.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 30, 2008
'Trash houses' tough to tidy up
A middle-aged man walks through the Tokyo neighborhood of Higashi-Nippori at dawn, dropping bits of food for crows and cats to feed on, ensuring in the process that a mess is left in his wake.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 24, 2008
Film seeks to right Africans' image here
In Japan's "homogenous" society, foreigners who stand out tend to be vilified, easily associated with crime or other undesirable behavior, according to Nigerian film director Udyfrank.
JAPAN
Oct 16, 2008
Elderly offenders on rise
In August, a 79-year-old woman went on a slashing spree in Tokyo's bustling shopping and entertainment district of Shibuya, wounding two female passersby before being arrested by police.
JAPAN
Oct 16, 2008
Experts grope for vision for Japan
Nine leading experts from various fields held a symposium Wednesday in Tokyo to call for a comprehensive vision for Japan's future amid a world of uncertainty.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 30, 2008
N. Korea, viewed from the inside
North Koreans are aware of Kim Jong Il's reported illness and anticipating an end to his dictatorship, said a Japanese journalist who recently returned from the China-North Korea border.

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